Propagation of Inoculum for Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Scale-Up Photobioreactor Cultivation System
An increasing number of microalgae strains are used for commercial production of metabolites. When conducting research, the moment of the process scaling tends to be very difficult. One of the most complex issues is related to planning and designing an efficient system for propagation of appropriately high amounts of inoculum required for inoculating cultures on a semi-technical and industrial scale. The following paper aimed at designing an automated station for the preparation of microalgae
... ion of microalgae inoculation material intended for inoculation of the system, comprising of six 90 dm3 volume photobioreactors. The system, comprised of eight airlift photobioreactors of 12 dm3 volume each, installed in mobile storage units connected to the control system in the form of a docking station. Each of the photobioreactors had a separate system used for monitoring temperature and pH, mixing, and LED lighting. The station constituted the last stage of preparing the inoculation material for inoculating technical-scale photobioreactors, used for conducting experiments with Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. Achieved results, repeatability of the processes, and the ergonomics of the station increased the productivity and quality of the research and development processes.